It feels like Pluto no longer being a planet, something that was always so, which should be so, suddenly being gone. ∞
Driving to Michigan. Stopped for lunch. ∞
The title of Startup’s episode is Running a Family and a Business, but you don’t have to be a CEO for this podcast to resonate. If you’re a working parent, a lot of the feelings and sense of letting everyone down will be recognizable.
I didn’t want to read The Underground Railroad. I felt I needed to though. It was important to look into the mirror of American history, and see Whitehead’s perspective. ∞
Watched Arrival tonight and I’m taking in the sadness of that film. It’s pretty heart-breaking and I’m curious about the short story. The movie is centered on Louise’s daughter and her death. The nonlinearness of the movie reminds me of something my two-year-old says. She says, “When I’m big and you’re little, I held you. I held you so tight. And I hold Mommy and when Grandma is little we all run.”
The first time she said something like this it struck me. There was something so beautiful and so sad in this idea. We’ll never be little children for her to play with or take care of. Time doesn’t allow us this flexibility of experience. We go forward. We move from today to tomorrow. Oh, to be a child and in your arms again.
“That’s my blood, not the deer’s,” said Eden Kloetzli, a senior at Washington College, in Maryland, as she gazed at the red liquid staining her palm. She and about a dozen other students were busy slicing and dicing four deer carcasses laid outside the school’s new archaeology laboratory. Making the task harder, the novice butchers were using tools that they had knapped themselves out of obsidian, basalt, and flint. ∞
Recently, I dug out my Wacom tablet and tried messing around with it. I bought it a few years ago for a design project and thought I’d use it more than I did. Digital drawing felt clunky too me and I was easily frustrated.
Basic sketch I made in Photoshop using the brush tool with pressure sensitive settings.
Colored areas with layers on top of the sketch and opacity between 40% and 60%.
The opacity is the same as the previous image, but this time the layers are underneath the sketch.
It seems like having the sketch on top of the colored areas provides more depth. Thoughts?
In a new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that many of us — youngsters, teenagers, adults — are addicted to modern digital products. Not figuratively, but literally addicted. ∞
The Miniaturist is a transporting novel that explores large questions while showing us a world that is seemingly small. ∞